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Date:      Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:23:15 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Christian Barthel <>
Subject:   Re: Alternative windowmanagers
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On Fri, 5 Aug 2011 21:12:14 +0200, Christian Barthel wrote:
> As a Gnome 2.3x user too, I am also a bit nervouse. Gnome 3 is a big
> mistake. And there are also rumors that Gnome will be Linux only.

Xfce is said to be, too. :-)

> I am not very interested in eyecandy: I want a stable and fast wm (less
> memory and cpu, quick access to important places), different workspaces,
> and it should be configurable with ordinary files. Of course, It must
> run under FreeBSD. 
> [...]
> Are there any other window manager worth looking? 
> What is your window manager? 

I'm primarily using WindowMaker. It has excellent and programmabe
keyboard support. Its configuration can be done on file level, even
though it's not _that_ easy. It has lots of useful features and
runs very fast and stable. It does _not_ come with crap built in.

Alternatives worth mentioning are IceWM and XFCE 3 (_not_ the new
Xfce, the "old" one that mimics CDE). Those may be good if you
like the "classic" way. Also fvwm2 is highly configurable
and has good keyboard support. It's especially efficient on
screens of smaller sizes.

All of them are predictable, unlike many "modern" concepts...

Because the magic of tiling window managers didn't open up to me
yet, I can't comment on them, but I'm sure many professional users
do actively use them, as after a bit of learning and practicing,
those are said to be more comfortable than the "common" windowing
solutions that urgently need to "entertain" you. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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